One of Swedens most well kept secrets – Sabina Ddumba. Singing behind artists (like Katy Perry), she may not be well known, but take a moment to listen to her here!
Loney Dear is a new experience for me. When I woke up this morning I hadn’t even heard his name. In a Swedish morning show he was presented with an acoustic song, from the presentation of the polar prize, and I got hooked straight away. I hope you will too.
Sara Isaksson has one of Sweden’s most beautiful voices. In this clip she plays Anders Widmark:s (piano) song “To Open Up My Heart”. A great song that may fit well to tomorrow’s Valentines. Modest, honest, upright and touches our hearts, and I guess those words all describe what a healthy relationship is all about.
In my “Best Albums Of All Times” Sara Isakssons album Red Eden was one of my choices. You’ll find that link here
Can you guess the band names hidden behind these images? The answers will be posted tomorrow.
To get you started, the first one is “Guns n’ Roses”…
This is not a new one, but it seems to get better every time I play it.
Great debut by Nicky (Åslund), from Oxelösund in Sweden!
There are so many “guy/girl sings with a guitar”-artists out there, but this guy truly stands out. A voice that leaves no one without an opinion.
Wake up is written by Nicky
Produced by Timeland
Video by Judith Film
Since over 90% of this blog’s visitors comes from other countries than Sweden, I try to give samples of the Swedish Music scene. This is a new Swedish project called Vita Bergen (White Mountains in english). A great group, with a modern/contemporary sound. As always when I hear new music I’m starting to look for similarities with other artists, and with Vita Bergen I think you’ll find some strong influences from groups like Arcade Fire.
Vita Bergens music can be described as pompous, melodic with heavy synth drapes in the background.
Even though “Curtains” seems to be their own first choice from this EP, I think that the track Disconnection is even better. Great track, and a great debut from this Swedish group!
Best wishes for the rest of the weekend! A great track for that Saturday afternoon spirit.
If you find any of the songs interesting, I’ve opened up my public “starred folder” for those that are interested in more tips. Guess all genres are represented in that list so be prepared for many tracks you may not like. You’ll find the list here.
Simple Minds – Big Music
This is the title song from Simple Minds new album Big Music. Really really like the bombastic sound! Great comeback from a great band!
Atmospheric / Club / Lounge
Juventa, Erica Curran – Move Into The Light
For over a minute there is just a long upbeat instrumental intro followed by the whisperous voice of Erica Curran. Great for getting into that “evening-out-feeling”.
James Blake – Retrograde
Within Temptation – Paradise
The Dutch group Within Temptation (with branch colleagues like Nightwish, Tarja, Sirenia among others) is delivering a compact symphonic piece.
Yesterday I had an “old classic evening”, and stumbled over some great ones of Peter Gabriel. An amazing artist, with a standard that never goes below average, and this one is certainly WAY over average.